This is a piece of a larger series of vignettes that I made for my 11th grade English class, for an assignment that I unfortunately cannot remember. I think even at the time, we weren't really sure what the assignment was, or how we had convinced our teacher, Mr Saavedra, to allow us to make a movie in lieu of... whatever that was. Mr Saavedra taught my first cinema class and was a lovely man, who really liked his job and liked working with kids. As far as I know, he's still teaching.
The actual piece is pretty self-explanatory, I think. Other vignettes illustrate Peter's difficulty in school, and his downward spiral to this point, but trimming the fat of exposition seems to work here just fine.
I wrote produced, directed, photographed, and edited this particular piece all on my lonesome, although I would be nowhere without my dour star - Peter Ljubenkov. Peter and I have appeared in a number of plays together, as foils. In a middle school production of Oklahoma, I was Judd to his Curly, and a year after we made this film, I would play Jonathan to his Mortimer, in Arsenic and Old Lace. Last I heard, he was working on becoming a medical doctor. That's also his house we're shooting in, including the wooden sculptures, made by his father.
This is the first film where I really began to understand that I could tell a whole story with very little help from other people i.e. a crew, other actors. It also was probably my first film where I heeded the impulse to document real space. We don't go all the way, filming the entire walk, like I did in The Key, but that's our High School Peter's walking away from, and on the actual path to his house. Incidentally, Peter's house is almost directly opposite my friend Allison Barker's house, which would be the site of the second half of Breakfast. Unfortunately, this is not visible in this short.
I was too scared to crack that egg myself, so Peter did it, and I don't think we ever cleaned it up. Also, that was his shirt, which if you look close, has illustrations of tires on it and the text, "I'm tired".
This was photographed with my trusty VHS-C Sony camera, and edited using Ulead Media Studio on a computer that was probably running Windows 98.
The songs are "Perfect Day", by Lou Reed, and "Armenia", by Einstürzende Neubauten. I tend to pick songs after the fact, often after the films have been edited. I think they work pretty well here.
January 14, 2007